(SINGAPORE)

Microsoft has signed its first clean energy deal in Asia.

As part of the 20-year agreement, the tech giant will buy 100% of the power output from a new solar project in Singapore, developed by the Sunseap Group, to meet the energy needs of its data centre operations in the country. The 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) project will source solar from hundreds of rooftops nationwide.

Kevin Wo, managing director, Microsoft Singapore, said: “Our cloud services are helping to power Singapore’s digital transformation, and today’s agreement will ensure that transformation is increasingly powered by clean energy. We’re proud to work with Sunseap, the leading solar provider in Singapore, to support the growth of the local clean energy economy. With the agreement, Microsoft will improve the sustainability of our local operations and make important progress toward our corporate sustainability goals for data centres.”

It follows a similar move by Microsoft in Holland last year, where it is going to take 100% of the output from Vattenfall’s new onshore wind farm, when it comes online, to power its international data centre in the country.